Striking it lucky
Chris Pearce had a great time at the Christchurch Casino during a recent trip to Christchurch.
The devastation of the 2011 earthquakes left Christchurch in ruins.
Five years on, this lively, vibrant city has started coming back to life, and is finally turning back into what it once was - the main stay of the tourism industry in the South Island.
The Christchurch casino epitomizes the new rebranded look of Christchurch, recently refurbished, with its four restaurants, amazing hospitality, and literally hundreds of gaming machines and tables. The casino can provide endless hours of entertainment and is a fantastic night out.
I had never been in the Christchurch casino before. I travelled up from Queenstown with my partner and a couple of friends to visit Christchurch and experience what the city had to offer. After having a look at some of the main attractions that the city had to offer, it was apparent to us all that the casino was the premier activity in the region
and we were quick to decide to have dinner there and a few hours of fun.
The Casino offers four different restaurants: The Grand Cafe, the Chi Kitchen, Monza Sports Bar and Sixty6. Each restaurant caters for different tastes.
Being from England, we ran with the Grand Cafe. The menu offered several different options and it was amazing to see the restaurant even offered a carvery. Whilst the girls had the carvery, we had the surf and turf: The meat was perfectly cooked and was great value for money.
What was clear to us was the great atmosphere and friendly staff. None more so than one of the waiters, a gentlemen called Norman. Great service can often be the difference between enjoying your time in a restaurant or not and it was wonderful to have an attentive waiter who had good knowledge of the region and advised of us of the local attractions.
We were lucky to book an early table, as the restaurant started to fill quickly, clearly attracting some of the locals. We decided to move back upstairs to the playing tables and chance our luck on the blackjack table.
Having played a few times but not often, it was great to have some assistance from the dealer. He was quick to lend me a hand and remind of the rules, whilst the other players on the table were also very friendly in offering advice. We then headed over to the ‘self service’ playing machines where we could sit down and play roulette without having to be at the table. It was nice to sit down and relax with a drink and play the game in your own time.
We headed over to the Valley Bar to listen to some lively music and have a few cocktails. It was a great place to relax in a nice peaceful
atmosphere and have a good yarn with my friends.
What struck me about the casino was the atmosphere. Everyone there was dressed smartly and there seemed to be a generally happy attitude throughout the building. It really was a perfect place to be with my partner and some friends and just have some hassle-free good fun.
With the small bets I was making, I was never going to walk out a millionaire but it was nice to win a few hands and get a bit of a thrill from winning some money.
The Christchurch casino has been in operation for over 22 years now and it has always been known throughout region as a classy establishment. The real attraction behind the venue is the variety in the entertainment it offers. .
The different restaurants welcome all different kinds of people and with the playing tables, playing machines and even remote playing desks, there is always enough space and room to play the game you want without waiting.
As far as quality entertainment goes, I really do think Christchurch Casino is the number one pick and I would recommend everyone visit it for themselves to experience the good vibes.
“We headed over to the Valley Bar to listen to some lively music and have a few cocktails. It was a great place to relax in a nice peaceful atmosphere and have a good yarn with my friends.”